Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Alice In Wonderland Film Review

I finally went to see Disney's Alice in Wonderland, having had a half day and Orange Wednesdays (YAY) . . .Disney's Alice In Wonderland is directed by Tim Burton, and one of the most hyped films released this year... does it live up to the hype?

Having seen the previous animated version, I did know what it was about and the general plot and themes, and knowing this would not be a direct tranlation, meant that it was a fresh, blank canvas (in a sense) Tim Burton and Disney could work on...

So here we have Alice, all grown up and at the ripe age for marriage, and upon being proposed to, runs away only to fall into the rabbit hole and enters Wonderland once again... meeting the characters we are all familiar with: Mad Hatter, Chesire Cat, The White Rabbit... and they are all whisked on a quest to restore Wonderland to the White Queen.

Whilst the reason for Alice to return to Wonderland is rather forced, with the marriage and all, once she does enter, it becomes a very typical animated adventure with our heroine Alice, being feisty, witty and on a journey of self discovery.

The inclusion of characters and themes are subtle, despite changing the storyline, and works to great effect. We think we may know what will happen and not know what will happen at the same time. Using a well known story and twisting it in this case works fantastically.

I found the film slow to start, and slightly boring until Alice enters the Red Queen's castle- - - it could definitely be speeded up and the climax could be reached much earlier... nonetheless, the detail is present, and we get a more dynamic development of characters this way.


The ending I found to be acceptable with regards to what happens IN Wonderland, but when she returns to the real world; again, another weird plot, where she is whisked away to China. For the whole world's sake, I hope they don't make a sequel to this where she is in China and enters Wonderland again- XD A Chinese Mad Hatter? Imagine that.

There is a long list of cast for this film, with the following main ones:

Mia Wasikowska- Alice
Johnny Depp- Mad Hatter
Helena Bonham Carter- Red Queen
Anne Hathaway- White Queen
Stephen Fry- Cheshire Cat

With appearances and voices also from Alan Rickman, Barbara Streisand, Matt Lucas and Crispin Glover.

Wasikowska was much better than I expected, and she was quite a good Alice, whilst Helena Bonham Carter was really enjoyable to watch on screen as the evil Red Queen... Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter was interesting yet peculiar, I couldn't understand everything he said lol... but anyway, the cast did a great job.

I did watch this in 3D and thought there was great depth throughout, although objects and other things did not come out of the screen as much as could do, and the only improvement is the depth and a greater realism. There were trailers that made use of the 3D more than this!!! It was good seeing Toy Story 3 and How to Train your dragon trailer in 3D- gives you an idea what it will be like.

The film was extremely enjoyable despite being slightly longer than necessary and took a while to climax. There is a subtle humour, a blend of dark themes and a mix of madness! This was much more enjoyable than the previous Disney animated version in my opinion, and would highly recommend it. It's not the best film in the world, but not a bad one at all. I would rate it 3.5/5 stars.

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